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Multi-Vocal research

  • By: Paula M. Salvio
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Multi-vocal research often embodies the perspectives of diverse sets of authors such as academics, journalists, policy makers, classroom teachers, and parents. This method of writing aims to democratize research in curriculum studies by incorporating multiple perspectives rather than placing in relief the perspectives of a privileged group or dominant epistemic traditions. The term multi-vocal literally means many voices. In the context of curriculum studies, it is used to describe a form of research that represents multiple perspectives. First-person point of view is commonly combined with third-person omniscient narrative to represent a range of positions (often contradictory) on a single issue, phenomenon, or theme. The reading path of multi-vocal research is not arranged conventionally, but is often recursive, makes use of montage, performance, sidebars, white space, ...

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